Israel Hails Blast of Gaza Tunnel

Israel's Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said Sunday, "Yet another terror tunnel under an UNRWA schoolyard". The incident represents a rare recent flare-up along the tense border that has remained largely quiet since a 2014 war with Gaza's Hamas rulers. Because, doing so accomplishes one of two things: either Israel will avoid targeting Hamas operations under such a sensitive target, or children and agency staff will be killed in the cross-fire, providing ammunition for Hamas' PR campaigns against Israel.

The blast killed at least five members of Islamic Jihad's military wing, including a senior commander and his deputy, and two members of Hamas's military wing died in rescue efforts.

Greenblatt said Monday the meeting between Kahlon and Hamdallah was a sign of "important progress. between Israeli and Palestinian sides", saying "meaningful steps" were taken to promote peace. The army earlier detected the subterranean construction activity with new technological means and chose an opportune time to destroy it, Israeli military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said. The tunnel extended for over a mile, some of it deep into Israeli territory.

Conricus called the tunnel a "grave and unacceptable violation of Israeli sovereignty" for which he held Hamas responsible.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had used "breakthrough technology" to find and destroy the tunnel. It wasn't the first tunnel Israel destroyed, and it won't be the last either, Shelach asserted.

The Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shehab said Israel's bombing of "a tunnel of the resistance is a terrorist aggression" and Palestinian resistance factions retained the right to respond "at the suitable time". Islamic Jihad threatened a reprisal.

Despite an assassination attempt on Hamas's internal security chief Tawfiq Abu Naim on Friday, the terror group says it will continue to abide by the Cairo agreement and hand over control of Gaza's border crossing to the PA on Wednesday.

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